Bullying is a growing epidemic on school campuses, and some bullying falls into criminal categories such as harassing, hazing, or assault. Bullying is often mistaken for one-time fights and online arguments. It can be direct or indirect and has various forms. In order to be considered bullying, it must be reaccuring and an imbalance of power. There are many other types of aggression that don't fit the definition of bullying, such as peer conflict.
- Cyberbullying includes primarily verbal aggression (e.g. threatening or harassing via electronic communications), and relational aggression (such as spreading rumors electronically) using electronic devices or social media.
- Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching, or damaging property.
- Verbal bullying includes includes teasing, taunting threatening to cause harm.
- Social bullying includes hurting someone's reputation or relationship, spreading rumors, and public embarrassment.
Faculty and staff at WOSE take bullying very serious and have procedures in place to ensure that students can receive a quality education in a safe and drug free environment. Parent concerns should immediately be addressed with your student's grade level principal. For more information, please refer to the links below.